The Faculty of Science hosted Science Unplugged, which featured talks by B.D. Colen, York Science Communicator in Residence; Sandra Rehan (Biology); Eric Hessels (Physics & Astronomy) and student Sunna Withers. Read the recap in yFile.
The Faculty of Science wrapped up its public lecture series at the Toronto Public Library, titled Feasting at the Table of Elements. Thank you to Chemistry Professors Chris Caputo, Cora Young, Pierre Potvin, Hovig Kouyoumdjian and Derek Jackson for participating and presenting engaging talks in the community.
Laurence Packer (Biology) won a Nature Inspiration Award (Adult Category) from the Canadian Museum of Nature.
Sapna Sharma (Biology) received the Science Promotion Award from the Canadian Council of University Biology Chairs.
At the Bryden Alumni Awards event, Alumna Kim Badal (BSc ’12) was presented with a Bryden Alumni Award in the One to Watch category.
Postdoc Nicola Luigi Bragazzi (Laboratory for Industrial and Applied Mathematics) received the 2019 Universal Scientific Education and Research Network (USERN) Prize in the field of medical sciences, sharing the prize with Hongbo Zhang (University of Helsinki, Finland).
At the Graduate Studies Scholars Reception, recent MSc graduate Azizia Wahedi (supervised by Jean-Paul Paluzzi, Biology) was presented the Thesis & Dissertation Prize for her “Characterization of the Adipokinetic Hormone/Corazonin-Related Peptide Signaling System in the Mosquito.” In addition, PhD student Paige Whyte-Fagundes (supervised by Georg Zoidl, Biology), recipient of the Susan Mann Dissertation Scholarship, spoke about her research on a particular protein channel in the zebrafish that could lead to important developments in understanding epilepsy. See the story in yFile.
Dawn Bazely (Biology) and Steven Alsop (Faculty of Education) created an open-access archive of the extensive research conducted in Churchill over decades by scientists from around the world. YFile covered the story.
Tamara Kelly and Paula Wilson (Biology) presented an invited workshop (with Karen Smith from UBC) at the Pearson Biology Leadership Forum entitled “Fostering Success for First Year Students.”
Hélène Mialet (Science & Technology Studies) presented several talks: “Tracing metrologies from Concord California to Paris” at TIK, Center for Technology, Innovation and Culture (Oslo); “Animals in Translation,” at Centre for Advanced Study, Academy of Science and Letters (Oslo); and “Managing the Self through Dogs and Machines in the Heart of Silicon Valley” at the Society for the History of Technology (Milan).
Ed Furman (Mathematics & Statistics) and Ida Ferrara (Faculty of Liberal Arts & Professional Studies) co-organized the Risk & Insurance Studies Centre Forum at the Miles S. Nadal Management Centre. See the yFile story.
Laurence Packer (Biology) presented at the “Classifying the new?” event hosted by the Fields Institute for Research in Mathematical Sciences.
Research by Gary Sweeney (Biology) and his PhD student James Jahng on the impact of iron overload on insulin sensitivity was covered by Brainstorm, a special edition of yFile.
Paul Delaney (Physics & Astronomy) presented a talk about York University’s new 1-metre telescope at NYAA (Astro Club), and Mars to the Kipling Collegiate Youth group.
PhD student Alyssa Murdoch (supervised by Sapna Sharma, Biology), published a blog titled “Canada’s invisible biodiversity crisis” with the Wildlife Conservation Society.
PhD student Jenna Braun (supervised by Chris Lortie, Biology) published “Video technologies aid in the study of foundation plants: A case example using a shrub-annual facilitation system in the Mojave Desert” in the Mojave National Preserve Science Newsletter.
Rob McLaren (Chemistry) and his team published Estimation of NOx and SO2 emissions from Sarnia, Ontario, using a mobile MAX-DOAS (Multi-AXis Differential Optical Absorption Spectroscopy) and a NOx analyzer in Atmospheric Chemistry and Physics. The study established a modified technique for measuring the emissions of pollutants from small cities and other small footprint areas, using Mobile MAX_DOAS. In doing so, the team estimated total emissions of NOx and SO2 from the city of Sarnia.
PhD student Yisub Kye (supervised by Ed Furman, Mathematics & Statstics) published Computing the Gini index: A note in Economics Letters. The paper sheds new light on the meaning of the famous Gini index of income inequality and shows a convenient way to compute the index for virtually any statistical distribution of income.
Master’s student Amanda Jass (supervised by Steven Connor, Biology) published An impressive capacity for cold tolerance plasticity protects against ionoregulatory collapse in the disease vector, Aedes aegypti in the Journal of Experimental Biology.
The measurement of the proton’s size by Eric Hessels (Physics & Astronomy) and his team was covered in the print and online edition of Scientific American. The article was written by Dan Falk, former York Science Communicator in Residence.
Deborah Harris (Physics & Astronomy) spoke to Quanta Magazine about neutrinos and antineutrinos, in an article covering the unexpected discovery of a simple math formula by physicists studying the particles.
Paul Delaney (Physics & Astronomy) spoke to a number of media outlets about Mercury transit and retrograde, including The Globe and Mail, Global News, CTV News, AM640, and AM1010; he also spoke to AM640, and AM1010 about cookies in space and voyager 2.
Dec 17: Faculty of Science Holiday Reception, 2-4 pm, Schulich Dining Hall. RSVP http://science.yorku.ca/HolidayReception2019
Jan 29: Faculty of Science Honours & Awards Ceremony, 7-9 pm Accolade East – Sandra Faire and Ivan Fecan Theatre. Please see your email inbox for RSVP details.
Until Mar 11 – The Aquatic Research Group (ARG) Seminar Series 2019/2020 features talks on everything from microplastics, pharmaceuticals, road salt, mercury and more that end up in our waterways.